Bible Facts

In order to study God's Word more efficiently, we need to know a little more about this special book. 

In this post you will find references that will help you to distinguish what type of Bible you have, if the Greek or the Hebrew version, how many books does the Bible have, how it is divided and what are the Deuterocanonical books.

The Bible consists of 66 books and it is divided into two parts: Old Testament and the New Testament. Each is a complement in itself, but one can’t understand the one without the other. There are 39 books in the Old Testament  and 27 books in the New Testament. There are also 9 books in the Deuterocanonicals.

Deuterocanonical Books:
Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees, Esther, 2 Maccabees, Ecclesiastical, Wisdom, Baruch and Daniel.

These books are called Deuterocanonical or "the second canon", they are not found in the Hebrew Bible as established by the Jewish rabbis in the 1st century of the Christian Era, but they do form part of the Greek version called the Septuagint (LXX), probably made from the year 250 b.c. This was the version used originally by Greek-speaking Jews and by early Christians. 

The inclusion of the Deuterocanonical books inside of the Old Testament has been under discussion since very ancient times. We have seen that finally the Jews chose to exclude them. Some churches haves done the same or have not granted the authority as to the other books, and prefer to give the name of apocryphal, Word originally means "hidden", perhaps to indicate not allocated to the general reading. The Roman Catholic Church and some Eastern Churches receive it as part of the Scriptures and some denominations Protestants recognize as helpful books for private reading but do not consider them as the basis of doctrine.

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 
2 Peter 1:20-21

I hope this is of great help to you, and if there anything you would like to add or correct please feel free to do so. I am also learning with all of you.

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